Ten History eBooks

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ebooks on tabletDublin Festival of History begins tomorrow and to celebrate we have picked out a selection of history eBooks which you can download and read. Now, we absolutely love history books but sometimes it can be tricky to squeeze that fabulous hard back tome into your bag to read on the bus or on holidays.  So this is where the eBook and your library step in! We have hundreds of history books ready for you to download right now. All you need is a WiFi connection and your library membership!

If you haven't signed up already, visit library.bolindadigital.com/dublin and sign in using your library membership card number and PIN. You can borrow up to 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks at a time to read on your phone, tablet or reader.


Historically InevitableHistorically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution by Tony Brenton
The essential analysis of the events leading up to October 1917 and beyond, by the world's foremost experts of Russian history
Marx held that the progression of society from capitalism to communism was 'historically inevitable'. In Russia in 1917, it seemed that Marx's theory was being born out in reality. But was the Russian Revolution really inevitable? This collection of fourteen contributions from the world's leading Russian scholars attempts to answer the question by looking back at the key turning points of the revolution. From the Russo-Japanese conflict of 1904-5 through to the appropriation of church property in 1922, and focusing especially on the incredible chain of events in 1917 leading to the October Revolution itself, Historically Inevitable? is a forensic account of Russia's road to revolution.

Battling with the Truth by Ian GardenBattling with the Truth: The Contrast in the Media Reporting of World War II bY Ian Garden
In Battling with the Truth (a follow-up to The Third Reich's Celluloid War) Ian Garden offers fascinating insights into the ways by which both the Axis and Allies manipulated military and political facts for their own ends. The general assumption is that the Allies were the 'good guys' in WWII and always told the truth in their media coverage with the Nazis through their Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda deliberately misled their people. But to what extent is this borne out by the facts? Did the Allies always tell the truth? Did the Nazis always tell lies? How is it possible to tell the truth and still tell a lie? How did each side portray the bombing of the likes of Dresden and Coventry? By analysing Allied and German media reports this book unearths a number of surprising revelations as to which side actually told the truth.


Daughters of IrelandDaughters of Ireland: Exceptional Irish Women by Debbie Blake
Daughters of Ireland is a collection of fifteen mini-biographies of exceptional Irish women in history who were pioneers in their field.
The chapters follow the lives of each women from their parentage, birth and early lives, teen and school years, through to their careers, achievements and legacies. Each woman followed a different path, achieving their goals in various professions including aviation, nursing, veterinary, education, architecture and the performing arts. Drawing from primary and secondary sources, including the women's own writings or that of a close connection, this work explores their fascinating and inspiring stories.

Miami and the Siege of ChicagoMiami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 BY Norman Mailer
In this landmark work of journalism, Norman Mailer reports on the presidential conventions of 1968, the turbulent year from which today’s bitterly divided country arose. The Vietnam War was raging; Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated. In August, the Republican Party met in Miami and picked Richard Nixon as their candidate, to little fanfare. But when the Democrats backed Lyndon Johnson’s ineffectual vice president, Hubert Humphrey, the city of Chicago erupted. Anti-war protesters filled the streets and the police ran amok, beating and arresting demonstrators and delegates alike, all broadcast on live television—and captured in these pages by one of America’s fiercest intellects.


A Royal AffairA Royal Affair: George III and his troublesome siblings by Stella Tillyard
The young George III was a poignant figure, humdrum on the surface yet turbulent beneath: hiding his own passions, he tried hard to be a father to his siblings and his nation. This intimate, fast-moving book tells their intertwined stories. His sisters were doomed to marry foreign princes and leave home forever; his brothers had no role and too much time on their hands - a recipe for disaster.  At the heart of Tillyard's story is Caroline Mathilde, who married the mad Christian of Denmark in her teens, but fell in love with the royal doctor Struensee: a terrible fate awaited them, despite George's agonized negotiations. At the same time he faced his tumultuous American colonies. And at every step a feverish press pounced on the gossip, fostering a new national passion - a heated mix of celebrity and sex.

See also: A Royal Affair film starring Alicia Vikander which depicts the life of Caroline Mathilde [Danish with English subtitles]

Somme 1916Battle Story: Somme 1916 by Andrew Robertshaw
The Battle of the Somme raged from 1 July to 18 November 1916 and was one of the bloodiest fought in military history. From the Battle Story series.
It has come to signify for many the waste and bloodshed of the First World War as hundreds of thousands of men on all sides lost their lives fighting over small gains in land. Yet, this battle was also to mark a turning point in the war and to witness new methods of warfare, such as all-arms integrated attacks, with infantry units and the new Tank Corps fighting alongside each other.

Search for more eBooks on the subject of the Somme.  For more recommended reads on the Somme, see Reading the Somme.

The Face of BritainFace of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits by Simon Schama
Simon Schama brings Britain to life through its portraits, as seen in the five-part BBC series The Face of Britain and the major National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; heroes and working people. Each of them - the image-maker, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them - are brought unforgettably to life. Together they build into a collective picture of Britain, our past and our present, a look into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are.

Van Diemen's WomenVan Diemen's Women: An Irish History of Transportation to Tasmania by Joan Kavanagh and Dianne Snowden
On 2 September 1845 the convict ship Tasmania left Kingstown Harbour for Van Diemen's Land, with 138 female convicts and their 35 children. On 3 December, the ship arrived in Hobart. This book looks at the lives of all the women, and focuses on two women in particular; Eliza Davis, who was transported, from Wicklow Gaol, for life for infanticide, having had her sentence commuted from death and Margaret Butler sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing potatoes in Carlow. What emerges is a picture of the reality of transportation, together with the legacy left by these women in Tasmania, and the possibility that this Draconian punishment was, for some, a life-saving measure.

Inside the GPOInside the GPO 1916: A First-hand Account by Joe Good
A first-hand account of the 1916 Rising and its aftermath brings alive the historic events that ushered in the beginnings of an independent Irish state.
A Londoner and a member of the Irish Volunteers, Joe Good guarded the approach across O'Connell Bridge as the rebels took the centre of Dublin. He joined the garrison in the GPO, and describes at first hand the events of insurrection: the confusion, the heroism, and the tragedy of Easter Week. After the Rising, Joe Good worked as an organiser for the Volunteers. He was a close associate of Michael Collins and his portrait of Collins provides fresh insight into his character, his competitiveness, and how he related to his men. He wrote his journal in 1946 for his son Maurice, who has now edited it for publication.

50 Things you didn't know about 191650 Things you didn't know about the 1916 Easter Rising by Mick O'Farrell
A collection of intriguing and unusual details from one of the biggest events in Irish history.
The 1916 Rising was Ireland’s first step on the road to independence, but even those who know a great deal about it may not know that there were temporary ceasefires around St Stephen’s Green to allow the park-keeper to feed the Green’s ducks. Few know that the first shots of the Rising were actually fired near Portlaoise or indeed that both sides issued receipts: the rebels for food, the British for rebels! 50 Things You Didn’t Know About 1916 features excerpts from two previously unpublished diaries – one written by a civilian, and one written under fire by a member of the Jacob’s factory garrison.


Dublin Festival of HistoryDublin Festival of History

Dublin Festival of History takes place all over Dublin city from 23 September to 8 October. Once again the Festival programme offers lectures, film, walking tours and exhibitions. History will be brought to people’s doorsteps via the city’s branch library network with a series of talks and workshops.


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